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Where To Buy Bumper Plates


One notable thing about the REP bumpers is that the 10-pound bumpers are designed to be extra thick (1 inch thick) to prevent bending and cracking, which happens often when 10-pound bumpers are dropped from shoulder-height or overhead. On the flip side, the 45-pounders are designed to be thinner than most (2.83 inches). This means you can fit more REP 45-pound bumpers on an Olympic bar than you can with 45-pound bumpers from other brands.

Therefore, Fringe Sport gets our vote for the best budget bumper plates, because they will ultimately be cheaper than other plates from leading brands. Beyond that, these are quality plates at a very affordable price.

By and large, the Vulcan Alpha Bumper Plates V2.0 are some of the most well-liked standard bumper plates on the market. They utilize a unique rubber formula with colored flecks that allows the amount of weight to be easily identified and, in our opinion, looks pretty cool.

The Rogue Black Training Plates are the best competition bumper plates for most people. Although competition bumpers typically are all different colors, for most people, their plates will never be used for competition and therefore do not need to be to IWF color-coding specs. Therefore, colors are used by most for looks and ease of identifying the different weight increments.

The colors of the plates are all accurate and extremely vibrant with raised lettering and a stripe of color on the edge of the plates. The color strip really makes the plates pop and makes it extremely easy to know which ones are which. All of the plates have a consistent 450MM plate diameter with a 50.4 MM collar opening making them fit well on an Olympic bar sleeve.

The weight tolerance is +/- 15 grams which is extremely accurate. the plates we weighed were all within this range, with most being exact. Although we love color bumper plates for the look, these have most of the benefits but at a lower price. A full 140KG weight set is much less than a full-colored version and also has free shipping on Rogue. These would be great for Olympic Weightlifting Gyms or even CrossFit Boxes in addition to home gyms.

Rogue has the largest selection of bumper plates in the industry, but the ones that we like the best for those looking for our Top Pick for the Best Competition Bumper Plates are then Rogue Black Training Bumper Plates. Despite their name, these plates are not 100% black. The raised lettering is colored according to the IWF color standards as well as a strip of rubber on the edge of the plates.

From the virgin rubber used to maximize durability and limit rebound to the great price, the Fringe Sport bumper plates should be the top choice when looking at rounding out any home or commercial gym. Side note: These are sometimes known under their other name on Amazon as OneFitWonder Plates.

The reason Fringe Sport has used virgin rubber to make their bumper plates is that virgin rubber is overall more malleable and can be combined smoother than recycled rubber. Not only that, but virgin rubber is slightly more uniform in its construction. Virgin rubber is also more durable and will not harm your floor when dropped from overhead which is great news for any home gym owner.

The Titan Urethane Bumpers feature the extremely vibrant colors that urethane allows are and are available in both pound and kilogram increments. The letters on the face of the plates are raised and the weight increments are displayed in a contrasting gray color that makes identifying the weight extremely easy.

The finish of the plates has a gloss-matte-gloss finish with raised lettering that makes them stand out in any gym. The actual weight in comparison to the stated weight is extremely accurate with a weight tolerance of +/- 15 grams. The durometer of the plates is a 94, which will provide a low bounce due to the hardness of the rubber. If they were much harder, they would be more prone to cracking, so this is a great medium.

On the other hand, bumper plates can be dropped from just about any height without fear. This means suddenly you can overhead press, clean and jerk, snatch, deadlift, and other barbell exercises and movements without worrying about dropping the bar. This is a significant benefit for home gym owners where space is limited.

Finally, a home gym has finite space. This means limited space for both equipment and room for movements that use the equipment. To maximize the room, equipment that can do multiple things is ideal, and the best bumper plates that we recommend fit that bill more so than metal weights. Having worked out in my home gym for more than a decade and helping thousands of others start their own gyms, I would highly suggest bumper plates for most people.

However, after some discussion among those on the Garage Gym Reviews team, we were able to narrow down our specs for how we judge bumper plates for our guide. Here is the list, in no particular order:

Overall Construction: The overall construction of a bumper plate deals with the materials used and how they were put together from a macro standpoint. Overall, how was the bumper plate constructed, and is it in line with the price point

Weight Accuracy: How accurate to the listed weight are the plates. Using highly accurate scales we tested the plates. In addition, does the company offer a weight accuracy guarantee The closer to the stated weight the guarantee is, the better.

Width, Collar Opening, &Diameter: The diameter of bumper plates should be as close to 450MM as possible as this is the IWF standard. The thinner the plates, the better as it will mean more weight can fit on the bar. The collar opening should be as close to 50.4MM as possible. This, again, is the International Weightlifting Federation Standard.

Color Coding Accuracy: The colors of the bumper plates should be the following: Red for 55LB/25KG. Blue for 45LB/20KG. Yellow for 35LB/15KG. Green for 25 LB/10KG. 10 and 15 LB bumper plates vary.

Printed or Raised Lettering: Printed lettering will fade with time and make it hard to know how much the plates weigh. Good quality plates most often have raised lettering that shows the amount of weight being used.

Bumper plates are strong rubber-weight plates. They usually have a uniform diameter within all weights and are used during Olympic and CrossFit exercises. The weights, barbell, and the floor are all protected by the rubber structure of the bumper plates.

Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Platesare some of the best value competition bumper plates available on the market today. By creating a bumper plate with a double steel insert, having durable virgin rubber, and Rep Fitness's great price point, these competition bumper plates will be an awesome addition to any home or commercial gym. Read more

You won't find a selection of bumper plates like this anywhere else online. Choose from a range of bumper plates: Rogue's HG Plates to Competition Bumper Plates and more. Click any of the bumper plates above to get complete details, customer reviews, and ordering options.

The best and most durable bumper plates for Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Functional Fitness Training. When you see people lifting at the CrossFit Games on ESPN, they have those oversized, bouncy rubber weight plates that are called "bumper plates". We have incredibly durable bumper plate sets here that are available in multiple weights and colors. Our traditional training bumper plates are made from virgin rubber and have been declared as the best bumper plates on the market. We also offer crumb rubber bumper plates, competition bumper plates, and even have pizza and donut bumper plates if you need a little extra bling.

Tech plates are the predecessors to bumper plates. Before the technology and engineering existed to make high quality (light) weight plates from rubber (bumper plates), tech plates were the answer to hold a barbell at proper IWF height to start your first pull for the clean or snatch (or the deadlift for that matter).

So, tech plates are weight plates constructed of plastic that have a 17-18" diameter (there is a bit of variation between brands). They typically are not made in weights higher than 25#/10kg- in fact, we have never been asked for tech plates in weights higher than 10#/5kg.

While they absorb the impact of a drop, they don't bounce like bumpers do- and they tend to be loud on the drop. Durability of tech plates is a strong point, but don't believe anyone who claims they're unbreakable. I've seen them break- although it takes quite a few (thousand) drops.

The "end state" of the Olympic lifts is overhead or at the shoulder. Many lifters drop the weights from overhead. Since bumper plates are almost entirely rubber, being dumped from the shoulder or overhead will not damage the weights, bar, floor, bystanders, the lifter, etc...

Durometer is a measure of hardness of a material. It ranges from 0-100, and the higher the rating the harder the material, and the higher the material's resistance to indentation. Anything above 65 is acceptable for bumper plates. Our plates are considered to be excellent.

In general, the lighter bumper plates have a higher durometer reading because they need to be more rigid to withstand the stress of being dropped. Heavier plates have more surface area to distribute the stress, so they do not need to be as hard.

The ten pound bumper plates are purposefully 5mm narrower than the other bumper plates so that when you have 10's loaded on the bar, plus other bumpers, the 10 pound plates impact the ground a split second later than the other bumpers. Since the 10 pound plates have the least surface area and are thus the weakest bumpers, this saves stress on your 10 pounders!

Competition bumper plates are actually some of the oldest types of bumper plates. Originally bumper plates were developed for Olympic Weightlifters to compete in local, national, and yes, international competitions like the Olympics. This is the origin of the name- Olympic Weightlifting. When an Olympic Weightlifter executes a lift, the end of the lift is above the Weightlifter's head. From there, the barbell and the weights need to return to the ground. For heavy lifts, it can be dangerous to lower the weight to the ground manually, and it also "wastes" the Weightlifter's energy. Remember, we are talking about competitions here- there is no prize for "most gracefully returning the weight to the ground after a successful lift." So in the early days of Olympic Weightlifting, several solutions were attempted to try and solve this problem. The winning solution was to create competition bumper plates- plates that were made of steel and rubber and were designed to be dropped from overheard. Initially, these competition bumper plates were created in only 10kg, 15hg, 20kg, and 25kg sizes. The lighter weight plates were not durable enough and more traditional style weight plates were used for these lighter weights. As Olympic Weightlifting became more common in the US, many companies began creating these competition bumper plates in pound szies as well as the traditional kilogram sizes. 59ce067264


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